This sturdy ancestor was a gunsmith of the highest order. He made and sold many of the finest Kentucky rifles at a very high price. Hunting, making rifles and powder for sale were the chief sourced of his income. In order not to be confused with the many other William Asbills, he sighed his name William Azbill, changing the "s" to "z". He had several arguments with his brothers, Joseph and Ross, over the spelling. He contained that the name really sounded Azbill. They counted that the changing of the family name by spelling might lead people to believe that he was ashamed of the family of which they were very proud. However, in his talks to his children, he did agree that the correct spelling was Asbill.
Another story of his hunting was related by his great-grand-son, Albin Azbill, who had it related to him by his grandfather, James Azbill, son of Billy. On one hunting trip, Billy saw a squirrel run up a tree. As he loaded his rifle, the squirrel jumped from limb to limb and climbed higher and highter. As was Billy's custom, he talked to himself saying, "Climb on Mr. Squirrel, go higher and higher for the higher you climb the farther you'll fall."